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In the last ten years, we’ve seen a gradual shift away from land-based casino gaming to online equivalents. During 2020, online casino use rose by 8% and is forecasted to continue increasing further in 2021. Here are some of the top online casino trends that 2021 has to offer.
Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality
With a headset and motion tracking, virtual reality (VR) allows users to look and move around a virtual space as if they were actually there.
Consumer-grade VR headsets have been available for a few years but only recently has technology really caught up to the potential. The price of VR kits is becoming more accessible and the development of titles for them is expanding.
- In 2018, Oculus introduced VR Casino to demonstrate the perfect compatibility of the technology and the casino experience. The potential social aspect of meeting and chatting with other casino users is also an exciting prospect.
- Augmented reality (AR), or the enhanced version of the real world is achieved by simulating an environment through a digital device, like a smartphone. It requires technology that most people already own and can be accessed from the palm of your hand
Interactive touch table technology also looks promising for 2021. Essentially a large (up to 2 metres) touchscreen built into a table. They can be integrated into work, board-game or even DJ setups and the potential to create your own home casino is evident. Some land-based casinos have already begun to use commercial versions of the products at their roulette and blackjack tables.
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One thing often absent from the virtual casino is the live, real-world element. If you don’t want to feel like a computer is deciding the outcome of your games, the real-time live croupier is the answer. Live video feeds to a human dealer give casino authenticity to your experience and gives you that same sense of participation.
Blockchain and Cryptocurrency
Bitcoin and cryptocurrency is a topic seemingly never too far from the headlines. Blockchain, the technology that underlies cryptocurrencies enables increased anonymity around online transactions.
Online casino transactions account for approximately half of all transactions made with Bitcoin. Online casinos using blockchain technology can deliver a service described as ‘provably fair’ where the user can know for certain that no interference or odds fixing has taken place.
Other blockchain benefits include:
- Players retain their anonymity
- Transactions are non-reversible
- Transactions are near-instant
- Players don’t require accounts which mean casinos don’t need to manage and protect customers’ funds. This in term means overheads are lower and more attractive odds can be provided to the user
In 2021 this transparency continues to be a big draw for online casino goers.
Console and PC based franchises have seen the potential of mobile gaming. Call of Duty: Mobile has accrued over 300 million downloads. In 2018, cult classic PC series Diablo from Blizzard Entertainment announced a free-to-play mobile instalment much to the disapproval of some fans. But mobile gaming is establishing its own place among gamers and shedding its reputation as inferior to its console and PC counterparts, with casino and monetary reward gaming proving particularly successful.
The line between casino games and video games is becoming increasingly blurred. The traditional roulette wheels and blackjack tables are well represented but new games have been developed to take advantage of new technologies. Even slots have been updated for the mobile experience—with bonuses, combos and features not possible in the physical world.
Online casinos are increasingly transparent about placing the emphasis on fun and ensuring players can enjoy the experience responsibly. Voluntary time and deposit limits, recommended breaks and available online support encourage casino gaming as a form of entertainment.
If you thought a casino that can fit in your pocket was impressive, how about one that you can wear on your wrist? Already, online casinos are offering versions of your favourite games that can be controlled and enjoyed on a variety of smartwatches that are on the market.
Poker’s transition to the mainstream has all but completed with coverage on major TV channels and international tournaments with eye-watering prize pools. 2021 will see the same spectacle take place with a focus on online channels.
The Decline of the Land-based Casino
Players are continuously moving away from land-based casinos in favour of the online equivalents and 2021 projects this trend to continue. Consumers can save on transport costs to and from the casino and they can instead direct that money into their games for better returns on investment.
An online casino offers more privacy, convenience and choice to the user. They can provide a more vibrant gaming experience suited to each individual and with so much available, users can find exactly what they’re looking for.
Online games often undergo routine updates. These keep the experience fresh and exciting with seasonal themes and events offered by providers.
As 2021 shapes up to be another innovative year for the online casino world and as competition continues to increase, it cannot be long until we see online casinos supersede their land-based counterparts.
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Every child who grew up in the 90s and the early 00s has certainly grown up around Tom and Jerry, the adorable, infamous cat-chases-mouse cartoon. The idea of naughtiness and playing mischief had the standards that this particular series set for children and defined how much wreckage was funny enough.
The show's creators, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera initially named their characters Jasper and Jinx. They did not plan for the fame that Tom and Jerry brought them when they released a movie by the name of "Puss Gets the Boot". This movie featured a certain cat and mouse who were a notorious pair, named Jasper and Jinx. When the movie became a hit, the names of the characters were changed and the show shot to fame.
Tom and Jerry became a go-to cartoon for children in the early 00s, and it was one of those shows with a firm foundation, that had already been in the running for decades. The original template had been planned nearly 80 years ago, and the makers did not change it. The music that was played in the many episodes, made a breakthrough in its own way. It is the most easily recognizable melody with utterly nostalgic associations.
Today, Tom and Jerry is still a household name in homes where children love cartoons Image credit: wikimedia commons
A set of supporting characters were defined for the show, to occasionally take the focus off the original pair. There was a large, black woman named Mammy Two Shoes and a bulldog who took Jerry's side. Mammy Two Shoes was discontinued because her character portrayed racist tendencies. A tall white woman replaced her, who was kinder and loved mice. Either of the women's faces was never revealed.
Today, Tom and Jerry is still a household name in homes where children love cartoons. There are a host of other shows besides this that aim to replicate the same aspects of the cartoon but do not come close at all. Despite the immense amount of violence in the show, it is a beloved pastime of parents and children alike.
Keywords: Tom and Jerry, Cartoon, Hanna and Barbera, Television
One of India's leading private museums, the Museum of Art & Photography (MAP) Bengaluru, has released new primary research conducted by the ReReeti Foundation, on audience behaviour in India's cultural sector. While more than half of the respondents thought the arts and culture are essential, they rarely manage to make time for it. The majority (60.6 per cent), mostly young people under 30, felt Indian museums could present more engaging content, and most perceived culture as anthropological/ sociological. Of the diverse categories included, music emerged as the most popular cultural activity.
The report is based on a survey of 500 people, which included school and college students, professionals across sectors, homemakers and senior citizens. The first initiative of its kind in the cultural space, the report shares valuable insights into the behaviour and expectations of Indian audiences engaging with a broad range of cultural activities. As part of MAP's mission to foster meaningful connections between communities and the cultural sector globally, which includes its innovative digital programme Museums Without Borders, the report shares a wealth of insights that can help museums across the country understand their audiences better. As much as 60.6 per cent said Indian museums are not experimental enough, and can do more to create engaging content that is also relevant to surrounding communities.As much as 60.6 per cent said Indian museums are not experimental enough, and can do more to create engaging content that is also relevant to surrounding communities.
As much as 60.6 per cent said Indian museums are not experimental enough, and can do more to create engaging content that is also relevant to surrounding communities. | Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash
Speaking on the recent report, Kamini Sawhney, Director, Museum of Art & Photography (MAP), said, "MAP is focused on changing the notion of a museum in India, by enabling more relevant and inclusive programming, both online and in our space in Bengaluru. The audience research commissioned by MAP, and conducted by the ReReeti Foundation, provides valuable, and actionable insights which we hope will help museums across the country better understand their consumer base, improve decision making and deepen social impact." As much as 62.3 per cent college students and 47.6 per cent professionals/homemakers perceive culture as anthropological and sociological. Music was the most popular cultural event likely to be attended, followed by heritage tours and plays/comedy shows for Indian audiences.
Over 70 per cent of college students visit museums with family and friends; working professionals, homemakers and senior citizens also predominantly visit with groups/ spouses (indicating a need to focus on increased group programming/facilitation). As much as 68 per cent of people were optimistic about going outdoors for activities and events in 2021. As much as 60.6 per cent said Indian museums are not experimental enough, and can do more to create engaging content that is also relevant to surrounding communities.(IANS/MBI)
Keywords: Art, Culture, India, Museum, Music
What is the best way to save Goa from deforestation?
Drinking feni, may well be the answer, says the secretary of the Goa Cashew Feni Distillers and Bottlers Association Hansel Vaz, who on Thursday said, that sipping the state's unique alcoholic drink and making it popular would directly aid the greening of Goa's hills and other barren landscapes.
"To get more cashews, we need to plant more trees. I always say, by drinking feni you will save Goa, because we will be planting more cashew trees and we will have greener hills. The beauty of cashew is you do not need fertile land. You can grow it on a hill which can provide no nutrition. We will be able to grow more trees, if we can sell feni properly," Vaz said. Vaz's comments come at a time when the hillsides of the coastal state have witnessed significant deforestation for real estate development and for infrastructure projects. Feni is manufactured by fermenting and double distilling juice from the cashew apple.
Best way to keep Goa green is to grab yourself a glass of feni. | IANS
Addressing a press conference in Panaji, Vaz also said that the promotion of feni was also in sync with the Prime Minister's vision for India to go "vocal for local". "There is no conglomerate, multinational company owning the drink. So every time we sell feni, it is a direct cash injection into Goa. If you sell a feni cocktail in Calangute (a popular beach village), it makes a direct impact in Valpoi and Bicholim, because this money is going down there," the Association official said at a press conference in Panaji.
The Association held the media briefing to announce a road map ahead for the feni industry, especially vis a vis streamlining aspects related to production, standardisation and marketing of the brew to make it popular in other Indian states and abroad.
The efforts to streamline the state "heritage drink" comes a month after the Goa government notified a formal policy, 'Goa Feni Policy 2021', which covers 26 different varieties of feni distilled in the state. "There were many barriers related to feni, which the policy has now addressed," treasurer of the Association Tukaram Haldankar said. One such hurdle was the previous government classification, which described feni as "country liquor", which would deter tourists from purchasing the drink. The reclassification of feni as a state "heritage drink" has lent dignity to the brew which has been manufactured locally in Goa since the 16th century.
But there is more the government can do, along with the state's traditional distillers and manufacturers to promote feni, Haldankar said. | Photo by Ishvani Hans on Unsplash
But there is more the government can do, along with the state's traditional distillers and manufacturers to promote feni, Haldankar said. "We request the government to allow the sale of feni in duty free stores in airports and cruise liner terminals. The government should also support us through the department of Tourism, so that feni can be promoted in its programmes. iIf you go to Scotland, they promote Scotch. Goa should promote its feni to Goa," Haldankar said, adding that traditional distillers should also be given subsidies and other measures should be taken to standardise feni, which he said, "would require further subsidies and financial assistance from the government".
"It should be a standard product like scotch, champagne," Haldankar said. "Like Mexico's tequila, Russian vodka and Japan's sake, we need to export our feni across the country and the world and the local distillers should also benefit economically," president of the Association Gurudutt Bhakta also said. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: deforestation,cashew,distillers,association,government, goa, feni, India